1) Coffin For Two
2) Devil’s Night Dance
3) Ghost Bride
Well, how’s this for an interesting twist. Any longtime readers of the site know of my constant complaints of the lack of horrorpunk bands up here in Canada, specifically the Ontario region. With pretty much only Black Cat Attack and The House Of Haunt filling the void, it would appear that a newer band has risen from the grave right under my nose. Running From Daylight just happen to be based out of London, Ontario, which also happens to be my hometown and the base of The Deadhouse itself. So of course I have to check them out and see what they have to offer to our beloved genre.
Running From Daylight lean towards the psycho, or horrorbilly, side of the genre. Again as any longtime readers are aware, I am not really a fan of that aspect of the genre with some exceptions. Kicking off the album with “Coffin For Two” the band introduce themselves as very similar to most acts in the psychobilly genre. The vocals from guitarist Andrew Bellini-Rutledge are absolutely meant for the horrorbilly style, and helps anchor the music. Having a high-energy opening track is a good call, and also serves to show off the musical chops of upright bassist Garrett Renders, drummer Tarek Rashwan and second guitarist Troy Jasper.
“Devil’s Night Dance” starts slightly weaker than the preceding track, but finds its footing by the bridge after the second chorus. It is definitely one of those tracks that may take a listener a few listens to really grab onto. The very short EP finishes up with “Ghost Bride” the album’s ballad. Featuring female vocals from guest Michelle Lo, it is the track that really solidifies the band and their take on the genre. “Ghost Bride” is the track I can see bringing fans in the most, with something about it just making you want to throw the track on repeat.
There is a lot of talent contained within Coffin For Two, and it will be interesting to see where Running From Daylight goes from here. I can see a very bright future ahead for the band as long as they do not allow themselves to be trapped within the confines of the psychobilly side of things. If they continue along this route and are not afraid to experiment with their talents, they can become one of the big hitters of the horror music scene in not only the Ontario area, but all of Canada.